Category Archives: Media Releases

10-06-22 Police Investigate Theft From Vehicles in Kona

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 960-3118Report No.: 22-088335/22-088336 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are investigating several thefts from motor vehicles that occurred on October 5, 2022 at two separate beach parks in the District of Kona. On Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 5:30 p.m., Kona Patrol officers responded to the […]

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10-05-22 Hawai’i Police Officer Charged Following Domestic Dispute

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police Chief                 Acting Chief Kenneth Bugado, Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 22-087969  Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives have charged a 28-year-old North Kohala patrol officer with abuse following a domestic dispute at a residence in Ainaloa, on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The officer is identified as John Chiquita IV. He has […]

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10-04-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 26, 2022, through October 2, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested nine motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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10-03-22 Captain Cook Man Charged with Multiple Drug Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentVice Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 226Report No.: 22-085950 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 41-year-old Matthew B. Cummings of Captain Cook with two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree, and one count each of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, […]

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10-03-22 Police Identify Body Located in Ka‘ū District in Late July

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-058803 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the body discovered buried in the Ka‘ū District in late July 2022. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old George Edward Dodge, of Mountain View. Dodge was reported missing on July 7, 2022, after […]

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9-29-22 Police Arrest and Charge Hilo Man in Agricultural Theft Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Colin RobertsPhone: (808) 961-2233Report No.: 22-086279 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged 29-year-old Tomas Traverso of Hilo as a result of an agricultural theft investigation in Hilo. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Thursday September 29, 2022, on a farm in the Wainaku area. The suspect […]

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9-29-22 Police Offering Two Events for National Coffee With a Cop Day Oct. 5

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release  As part of the seventh annual National Coffee With a Cop Day, Hawai‘i Police Department invites the public to participate in two Coffee With a Cop events, one in Honoka‘a and the other in Kona, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. These […]

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9-29-22 Police Warn Public About Online Scams

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are offering tips to help island residents keep their financial and digital information safe after receiving reports about different types of telephone and online scams affecting citizens in our community. One of the scams includes criminals posing as police officers demanding […]

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9-29-22 Motorcyclist Killed in Kona Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-086076 Media Release A 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, near the intersection of Kealakaa Street and Kealakehe Street in North Kona. The man has been positively identified as Kalai Alohanamakana Lincoln. Responding […]

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9-28-22 (Update) Puna Man Charged in Eden Roc Attempted Murder

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-085431 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 40-year-old Shane Fann of Mountain View, with attempted murder and numerous firearm-related offenses following a violent altercation in Eden Roc on Monday night, September 26, 2022. At 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2022, after […]

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9-28-22 Police Warning Public About Rainbow Fentanyl

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefActing Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are again warning the public about the dangers of fentanyl after ongoing investigations have led to the recovery of fentanyl in various forms. Since issuing a warning about fentanyl in June, Hawai‘i Police Department has seen the […]

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9-27-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 19, 2022, through September 25, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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9-27-22 Officer Takata Honored with Haweo Award After Saving Woman’s Life

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefActing Chief Kenneth BugadoPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Just three months after graduating to solo assignment in the Ka‘ū district, Officer Xylon Takata saved the life of an Ocean View woman. For his quick actions, Officer Takata was honored with the Haweo Award during a ceremony held at Hawai‘i […]

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9-27-22 Police Investigate Shooting Incident in Eden Roc

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-085431 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation following a shooting incident in Puna on Monday night, September 26, 2022. Shortly after 9:15 p.m. Monday, Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a man who had been […]

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9-27-22 Puna Man Missing Since 2020 Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 20-062436 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have located 47-year-old Derek Lee Kalani Aiona, who was reported missing in August 2020. Aiona was located located in good health at a residence in Kea‘au on Sunday, September 25, 2022. Upon being located, Aiona was […]

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9-27-22 Police Investigate Possible Missing Diver

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-085283 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible missing diver last seen in waters near the cliffs at the end of Beach Road in Hawaiian Paradise Park in Kea‘au. On Monday afternoon, September 26, 2022, police and Hawai‘i Fire Department […]

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9-23-22 Police Investigate Horse That Was Shot And Killed

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionOfficer Tyler JelsmaPhone: (808) 961-2350Report No. 22-082803 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are investigating a horse that was allegedly shot and killed in the area of Akaka Falls road in Honomu on Monday, September 19, 2022. On September 19, 2022 at 9:22 a.m., Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of […]

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9-23-22 (Update) Skeletal Remains Identified as Those of Missing Kona Man

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 277Report Nos.: 22-077242/22-013978 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have identified the skeletal remains found on September 2, 2022, on an undeveloped lot off of Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona, as 80-year-old Ronald Brown, of Kailua-Kona. Positive identification was established via dental records. Brown […]

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9-23-22 Police Seek Missing Pahoa Man Paul Hernandez

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Calvin FurtadoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 22-084022 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 51-year-old Paul Hernandez of Pahoa, who was last seen on September 19, 2022, in the Kapoho area. Hernandez is described as being Caucasian, 5-feet 9-inches tall, 150 pounds, fair skin, with light […]

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9-22-22 Investigation Continues for Missing Puna Man

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 20-062436 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 47-year-old Derek Lee Kalani Aiona, who was reported missing in August 2020. He is believed to reside in the Puna district; however, he has no known […]

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9-22-22 Police Investigate “Drive-By” Paintball Assaults in Kona

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Patrol SectionSergeant Erich JacksonPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 253Report No. 22-083761 Media Release On September 22, 2022, at 12:38 a.m., Kona Patrol officers were assigned to a report of two unidentified males in a dark colored truck shooting paintballs at random people on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona.  Officers contacted two separate victims with […]

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9-21-22 Police Investigate Theft of Road Signs

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKaʻū PatrolCaptain Akira EdmoundsonPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No. 22-078498 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are investigating the theft of numerous road signs in the Kaʻū District. It was reported that on several occasions between August 30, 2022 and September 21, 2022, numerous road signs were removed along Mamalahoa Highway in the areas of Hawai’i […]

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9-21-22 Police Investigate Kailua-Kona Stabbing Incident

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 960-3118 Report No.: 22-079863 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred at Hale Halawai Park in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, September 10, 2022. On September 10, 2022 at 2:49 a.m., Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a male who […]

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9-21-22 Boy Scout Camp Shooting Investigation – Age of Victim Correction

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release The boy that was accidentally shot on August 28, 2022, at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near Honokaʻa, was 11-years-old. He was previously identified as being 12-years-old. The Hawai’i Police Department sincerely apologies for this error.

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9-21-22 Police Request Public’s Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Keaolapule Fessenden-GracePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-078568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance identifying an individual involved in a theft that took place in lower Puna on Thursday, September 6, 2022, at 12:20 p.m., after the suspect was observed on video surveillance utilizing a stolen credit card within […]

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9-21-22 Police Seek Missing Puna Man Nathaniel Andres

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Christian MaderaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 22-083342 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are seeking the community’s assistance in locating 23-year-old Nathaniel Andres of Orchidland who has been reported missing. He was last seen on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 in the afternoon hours in the Honokaʻa area. Andres is described as having a […]

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9-20-22 Child Safety Seat Inspections to be Held in Kona

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionProgram Manager Torey KeltnerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release When it comes to child safety, it is better to be safe than sorry. Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week highlights the importance of ensuring that all children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat or seat belt. A child’s age, weight, and […]

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9-20-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 12, 2022, through September 18, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested twenty-two (22) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  One of the drivers was under […]

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9-20-22 (Update) Boy Scout Camp Shooting Investigation Completed

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have deferred numerous firearm-related offenses to County Prosecutor’s for review. The offenses stem from the August 28, 2022, incident at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near Honokaʻa, that left a 12-year-old boy dead. Area […]

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9-20-22 Police Seek Driver in Vehicle Accident That Leaves Ocean View Man Dead

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 22-083021 Media Release A 59-year-old Ocean View man died following a single vehicle collision on Monday, September 19, 2022, near the intersection of Sea Breeze Parkway and Bamboo Lane that is located in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates in Kaʻū. The 59-year-old male has been […]

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9-19-22 (Update) Kidnapping Suspect Duncan Mahi Charged

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area IICaptain Thomas A. Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 263Report No.: 22-081917 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have charged 52-year-old Duncan Mahi, with two counts each of kidnapping, terroristic threatening in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and one count each of methamphetamine trafficking and sex assault […]

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9-19-22 (Update) Missing Hilo Man Makahiki Moala Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-045751 Media Release Hawaii Island police report that 18-year old Makahiki Moala was located on July 13, 2022 in Puna in good health. Moala was previous listed as missing.

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9-17-22 (Update) Missing Teen Mikella Debina Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Thomas Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 263Report No. 22-081917 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have located 15-year-old Mikella Debina in good health in Hilo. She was previously reported missing. The Hawai’i Police Department would like to express a heartfelt mahalo to the Hawai’i Fire Department, the Federal Bureau […]

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9-16-22 Police Charge Hawaiian Beaches Murder Suspect

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-081439 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have charged 36-year-old Michael Dwayne Carvalho II, with second-degree murder, and an array of other offenses, following a violent incident in Hawaiian Beaches, early Thursday morning, September 15, 2022.   At 4:30 p.m. Friday, September […]

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9-16-22 Police Seek Missing Teen Mikella Debina

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Thomas ShopayPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 263Report No. 22-081917 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are searching for 15-year-old Mikella Debina, who was last seen about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Anaeho’omalu Bay near Waikoloa Beach Drive.  She is described as being a local female, 5 feet 3 inches […]

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9-15-22 (Update) Kona Woman Killed in Hit and Run Collision Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-064204 Media Release A Kailua-Kona woman died following a hit and run collision on Sunday, July 24, 2022, on Kuakini Highway (Highway 11), 150 yards south of the 119-mile marker in North Kona. The female, who was a pedestrian, has […]

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9-15-22 Police Investigating Hawaiian Beaches Homicide

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251                                                                                     Report No.: 22-081439 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated a homicide investigation in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision, in the Puna District. Shortly before 5:00 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022, Puna Patrol officers responded to a residence on Kahakai Boulevard for a […]

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9-13-22 Police Seek Missing Puna Man Gary Silva-Evangelista

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Keao Fessenden-GracePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 22-080840 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Gary Silva-Evangelista of Pahoa, who has been reported missing. Family members say they have not heard from him since 2019. He is known to frequent the Hilo and Puna areas. Silva-Evangelista […]

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9-13-22 (Update) Runaway Lilinoe Ferreira Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Greg HortonPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-079792 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Lilinoe Ferreira, who was reported as a runaway, was located on September 12, 2022, in Pahoa in good health.

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9-13-22 Kona (Hydro) Flask Drive

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionOfficer Leonard WarrenPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 258 Media Release The Kona Community Policing Section, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Aloha Maps, will be holding a (Hydro) Flask Drive in Kona for schools and students in need.  New “hydro” flasks or refillable water bottles may be dropped off at the […]

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9-13-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 5, 2022, through September 11, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested twelve (12) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  Two of the drivers were under […]

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9-12-22 Police Seek Runaway Lilian Ferreira

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Onan MasaokaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 22-079792 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Lilinoe Ferreira of Pahoa who was reported as a runaway. Ferreira was last seen in the vicinity of the Black Sands Subdivision on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 6:30 a.m. wearing […]

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9-09-22 (Update) Missing Man Manual Agcalon Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Benjamin NishimotoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-079720 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 50-year-old Manual Agcalon, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Hilo in good health.

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9-09-22 Police Seek Missing Man Manual Agcalon

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Benjamin NishimotoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-079720 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 50-year-old Manual Agcalon of Honoka’a, who was reported missing.  Agcalon is described as being 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing 168 pounds, and is bald with brown eyes. He was last seen on […]

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9-09-22 Officer of the Year:  Justin Gaspar

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Police Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee named its “2022 Police Officer of The Year” on Thursday, August 25th. This year, the honor went to Officer Justin Gaspar, who was named Officer of the Month for March 2022. On November 1, 2021, […]

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9-09-22 HI-PAL Basketball Tournament Results

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity Policing Division, Area ICommunity Police Officer Darren AbalosPhone: (808) 961-8849 Media Release The Endless Summers HI-PAL Basketball Tournament was held on the weekend of August 27-28, 2022 in Hilo. The tournament consisted of 4 separate divisions to include Varsity Girls, Intermediate Girls, Elementary Girls, and Intermediate Boys. The tournament was organized by […]

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9-08-22 September Coffee With a Cop Events in Kona

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionOfficer Dwayne SlussPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 258 Media Release “Kona Community Policing Coffee with a Cop” events takes place: Friday,  September 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Kona Mountain Coffee Co. located at 73-4038 Hulikoa Dr. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 Friday, September 23rd   from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 […]

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9-08-22 Hāmākua Eagle Scout Beautification Project

Hawai’i Police DepartmentHāmākua Community Policing SectionOfficer Joseph RochaPhone: (808) 775-7533 Media Release Boy Scout Logan Kidani, with assistance from Hāmākua Community Police Officer Joseph Rocha, conducted an Eagle Scout Beautification Project on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Laupāhoehoe Point Gym and Ookala Bus Stop. Ten volunteers from across the Hāmākua district participated in the […]

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9-07-22 Tractor Trailer Crash Closes Waikoloa Road

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 22-078618 Media Release The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating a traffic crash that lead to the closure of Waikoloa Road in South Kohala on Tuesday, September 6th. Responding to a 3:25 pm call, police determined that a 2008 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer combination was traveling […]

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9-07-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 29, 2022, through September 4, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested twenty-six (26) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  Four of the drivers were under […]

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9-07-22 (Update) Runaway Andrade-Takahashi Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-076925 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old Zaydie Rain Andrade-Takahashi, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Pahoa on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, in good health.

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9-06-22 Hilo Interagency Warrant Sweep Results in 13 Arrests

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo DistrictCommunity Policing Officer Aaron AbalosPhone: (808) 961-8849 Media Release An interagency warrant sweep conducted in the Hilo area on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, resulted in the arrest of 13 wanted individuals for a total of 18 outstanding warrants. Conducted by officers from the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Community Policing Section and Special […]

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9-06-22 Police Thank Big Island Community for Making “Cop on Top” Fundraiser a Huge Success 

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentAdministration Services SectionSergeant Jason GrounsPhone: (808) 961-2269 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department would like thank our Big Island communities for helping to make the recent Cop on Top fundraiser a huge success. Our Special Olympics delegations are extremely grateful for such a tremendous show of support in the 19th year the event […]

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9-04-22 California Visitor Charged with Attempted Murder in Waikoloa Stabbing

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 277Report No.: 22-077054 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a California visitor, 65-year-old Richard Lopez of San Pedro, with attempted murder and other offenses stemming from a domestic-related incident at a lodging establishment in the 69-200 block of Waikoloa […]

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9-04-22 Captain Cook Man Killed in Three Vehicle Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-077578 Media Release A 66-year-old Captain Cook man died following a three-vehicle collision on Saturday, September 3, 2022, near the intersection of Kaohe Road and Ili Ili Road in South Kona. The 66 year-old male has been positively identified as William Jennings Dixon. […]

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9-02-22 Suspect Charged in Attempted Murder Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 22-076516 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Frances Mari Tyshae Hartman, of Hilo, with various offenses stemming from a domestic-related incident in Hilo, on Wednesday morning, August 31, 2022. The charges against Hartman stem from an incident […]

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9-02-22 Police Remind Motorists to Drive Safely This Labor Day Weekend

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release With Labor Day approaching, the Hawai‘i Police Department reminds citizens to safely celebrate the achievements of all workers in Hawai‘i County. There is absolutely no excuse when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Every year, far too […]

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9-01-22 Police Announce Eight Sergeant / Detective Promotions

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Chief Kenneth BugadoPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Acting Police Chief Kenneth Bugado announces that eight officers have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Detective effective September 1, 2022. Two officers have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and both are assigned to the Puna District. Sergeant […]

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9-01-22 Puna Teen Arrested for Terror Threat

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-076717 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a 17-year-old male for terroristic threatening after investigating a threat made by the teen. On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, around 6:15 p.m., police received information from a County bus driver concerning a juvenile male who was removed […]

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9-01-22 Deputy Chief to Serve as Acting Police Chief

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Chief Kenneth Bugado, Jr. Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department announces that effective August 31, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Bugado began serving as Acting Police Chief until a new police chief is selected by the Police Commission. Acting Chief Bugado has served as […]

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8-31-22 Police Thank the Community for Supporting Backpack Drive

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPolice Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to thank the Big Island community for their tremendous contributions to the recent backpack drive. After a hiatus due to the pandemic, Hawai‘i Island police, in conjunction with Hope Services Hawaiʻi, held a backpack drive […]

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8-31-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 22, 2022, through August 28, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested eight motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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8-31-22 (Update #2) Child in Shooting Death Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release (Update #2) Hawai‘i Island police have identified the child killed in the shooting incident that occurred at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near Honoka‘a, on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2022, as 12-year-old Manuel “Manny” Carvalho.

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8-31-22 Police Identify Victim in Hilo Traffic-related Death

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-074105 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have identified the victim in the traffic-related incident that occurred last week on Puainako Street in Hilo as 62-year-old Allen Y.L. Kealoha, of Pahoa.  On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:20 a.m., South Hilo patrol […]

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8-31-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Woman Anelise Kerr

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Todd PatarayPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 22-076216 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 41-year-old Anelise Kerr who is reported missing. Kerr is a visitor from Florida and is believed to be staying in Hilo. She last contacted her family on Monday, August 29, 2022. Kerr is […]

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8-31-22 Child Shooting Death Investigation Update

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release The Area I Criminal Investigation Section is continuing the investigation of the shooting incident that occurred at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near Honoka‘a, on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2022. Interviews with children and adults that were […]

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8-30-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating a Stolen Mulcher in Hāmākua

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua PatrolOfficer Paul IsotaniPhone: (808) 775-7533Report No.: 22-075775 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a red Fecon brand mulcher attachment that was stolen from an excavator owned by the State Department of Transportation Highways Division in Hāmākua. The theft occurred on the shoulder of Highway 19 […]

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8-30-22 Police Seeking Runaway Mary Costner

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant K. KeliipaakauaPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No.: 22-069873 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Mary K. Costner of Kailua-Kona who is reported as a runaway. She was last seen in the area of Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, on Sunday, August 10, 2022, between 1:15 p.m. and […]

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8-30-22 (Update) Missing Man Mitchell Sisson Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-036583 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 38-year-old Mitchell Sisson, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Kealakekua on Friday, June 3, 2022, in fair health.

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8-29-22 (Update) Three Charged with Theft and Drug Offenses in Kona Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-074656 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged three individuals on theft and drug offenses in relation to a theft that occurred at a business in Kona on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Officers from the Area II […]

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8-29-22 Update in Hilo Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation: Suspect Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area I                  Captain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-073947 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police detectives have charged 41-year-old Jordan Gino Cacatian in connection with the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred in downtown Hilo on Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 2022. On Sunday evening, August 28, 2022, after being released from the […]

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8-29-22 (Update) Missing Woman Xiuhua Shi Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-049171 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 58-year-old Xiuhua Shi, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Waikoloa on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, in good health.

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8-29-22 Child Killed in Apparent Gun Accident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251                                                                                      Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation following a reported shooting accident on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2022. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Hāmākua patrol officers responded to the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near […]

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8-29-22 Kona Man Charged with Kidnapping and Terroristic Threatening in School Incident  

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Sharlotte BirdPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 278Report No.: 22-073405 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating an incident involving a weapon that occurred at a school in Hōnaunau on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. When Kona patrol officers responded to the reported incident at the school, they determined […]

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8-29-22 Kohala Man Charged for Kona Assault

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 277Report No.: 22-070658 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 21-year-old Gabriel E. Mendoza, of North Kohala, with felony assault stemming from an altercation that occurred at a Kailua-Kona business establishment in mid-August. On Saturday, August 13, 2022, at […]

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8-29-22 Police Renew Request for Information on Missing Kona Man Landon Fairbanks

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-067798 Media Release (Update) Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the community’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Landon Fairbanks who has been reporting missing. Fairbanks was last seen on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. in the […]

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8-26-22 Police Investigating Discharge of Officer’s Weapon During Theft Investigation  

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentAssistant Chief Chad BasqueArea II Operations Bureau  Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 283Report No.: 22-074656 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating an incident that occurred in Kailua-Kona involving the discharge of a weapon by an on-duty officer on Thursday afternoon, August 25, 2022, shortly after 5:20 p.m. Officers from the Area II Vice […]

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8-25-22 (Update) Runaway Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-071743 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, in good health.

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8-25-22 (Update) Woman in Fatal Public Accident Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-071442 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the woman involved in the fatal public accident involving a single motor vehicle that was reported on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 6:43 p.m. The incident took place in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision […]

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8-24-22 Police Charge Puna Man for Felony Abuse and Firearms Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 22-073089 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a 53-year-old man, Kim Kanakamaikai of Hawaiian Acres, with various offenses stemming from a domestic-related incident on Ale Road in Hawaiian Acres, on Saturday night, August 20, 2022. The charges against Kanakamaikai stem […]

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8-24-22 Police Investigating Traffic-related Death in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251                                                                                      Report No.: 22-074105 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation following an early morning incident in Hilo that left one man dead. On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:20 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the Puainako Street […]

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8-24-22 Police Update Permitting Process for License to Carry Firearms

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Hawai`i Police Department announces that it has revised the permitting process for license to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms as a result of the July 23, 2022, Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision in the case of New York […]

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8-23-22 Hilo Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police Chief                  Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 22-073947 Media Release Hawai’i Island police detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 2022, shortly after 4:00 p.m. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a male party on Keawe Street who was […]

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8-23-22 Police Seeking Two Men Wanted on Outstanding Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 267Report Numbers: 22-069878 and 22-066523 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance with locating two individuals wanted on outstanding warrants for their arrest. Both men are also wanted for questioning in criminal investigations. Ronald Patrick Keahonui […]

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8-23-22 (Update) Missing Woman Cynthia Macdonald Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Craig DerasinPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-073568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 68-year-old Cynthia Macdonald, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Mountain View on Monday, August 22, 2022, in good health.

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8-23-22 (Update) Runaway Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-047245 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Monday, August 22, 2022, in good health.

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8-23-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 15, 2022, through August 21, 2022, Hawai`i Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under […]

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8-23-22 “Cop on Top” Fundraiser for Special Olympics  

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentAdministration Services SectionSergeant Jason GrounsPhone: (808) 961-2269 Media Release After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the Hawai‘i Police Department is proud to sponsor the 19th annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Hawai‘i with a three-day event at the Hilo and Kona Walmart stores starting at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August […]

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8-22-22 (Update) Two Runaways Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer /K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that two male runaways were recently located in Puna in separate instances. Both were found in good health. Fifteen-year-old Connor Uribes, (Report No. 22-071370) was located on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, and 14-year-old […]

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8-22-22 Police Seek Missing Puna Woman Cynthia Macdonald

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Craig DerasinPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-073568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 68-year-old Cynthia Macdonald of Mountain View, who was reported missing.  She was last heard from on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Macdonald is described as Caucasian with fair skin, 5 feet 3 inches […]

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8-22-22 Hawai‘i Police Department Announces Retirement of Canine Rory

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPaul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) announces the retirement of longtime narcotics canine Rory, who retired Friday, August 5, 2022. During his seven years of service, this unlikely looking police dog helped take 60 pounds of drugs off the streets of Hawai‘i Island and recovered […]

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8-22-22 Police Chief Promotes Three to Rank of Captain

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has promoted three employees from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, effective August 16, 2022. Captain Rio Amon-Wilkins, a 23-year veteran of the department, is now assigned to command the Area I Criminal Investigation Division encompassing the Area I […]

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8-22-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Man Henry Henry

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Todd PatarayPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 22-073260 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old, Henry Henry who is reported missing. He was last seen on Saturday, August 20, 2022, after he left a retail business in the 300 block of Maka‘ala Street, in Hilo, wearing a […]

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8-21-22 Police Investigating Possible Drowning at Kehena Beach

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Zenas PachecoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-073181 Media Release  Hawai’i Island police are investigating a possible drowning that occurred in the Puna district. On Sunday, August 21, 2022, at approximately 6:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Kehena Beach. Beach bystanders extracted the swimmer from the […]

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8-19-22 Police Seeking Runaway Shaelynn Gomes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Alipate MoleniPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-072432 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Shaelynn Gomes who was reported as a runaway. Gomes was last seen in the vicinity of 8 ½ Mile Camp in Kea‘au on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. wearing […]

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8-18-22 Seven Wanted on Active Drug Court Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolCommunity Policing Officer Aaron AbalosPhone: (808) 935-8849 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating seven individuals who have outstanding Big Island Drug Court active warrants: Bronson Lee, 33, Hilo Rachel Shwery, 35, Hilo Cody Vincent, 36, Hilo Kainamamo Lundin, 39, Hilo David Nihipali, 23, Hilo Jaelyn […]

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8-18-22 Police Seek Runaway Alika Togi-Branco

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Mark KailiPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071523 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Alika Togi-Branco, who was reported as a runaway. He was last seen on Monday, August 15, 2022, shortly after 9 p.m., in Pahoa wearing a reggae colored surf shorts, white t-shirt, white […]

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8-18-22 Officer Honored for Quickly Solving Burglary Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release By combining his keen communication and investigative skills with knowledge of crime trends in the community he serves, a South Kohala officer was able to quickly solve a Waikoloa burglary resulting in the arrest of two people. As a result of his efforts, Officer […]

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8-17-22 Police Seeking Runaway Jason Oharra

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Bradley WaikiPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-063201 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Jason Oharra who was reported as a runaway. Oharra was last seen in the area of the 1700 block of Kino‘ole Street on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 7:35 p.m., wearing […]

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